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The Next Big Thing Build Status Dependency Status Code Climate

What is this?

A full-fledged portal to announce the next big thing! Jumpstart the PR campaign for your next big thing by standing on the shoulder of a giant: The next big Thing!!

What is this really?

A sample project showcasing the use of unbuilt Rails Engines and Gems. The entire app has been developed using TDD - follow the commits to see the parts evolve. Current state:

  • Teaser provides the web page one sees when running the the_next_big_thing server. It depends on all the other engines.
  • Annoyance contains a service that given a number will give an indication of how annoying that number is.
  • EmailSignup provides a service allowing the storage of email addresses.
  • EventCounter provides a service that can count for any object how many times a particular action has happened.
  • The main Rails application does not contain any application code: it does not even have an app directory. It is soley responsible for encapsulating and mounting the engine in the right place.

Resources on component-based Rails applications

Twitter hashtag: #cbra -

Blog posts:

Past presentations by Ben Smith and me (mostly on this topic)

The book I am writing

Running the test suite

git clone
cd the_next_big_thing


I highly appreciate it!

Fork, pull, create, commit, push, request pull.


Copyright (c) 2012-2013 Stephan Hagemann
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